Its pleasant, milky flavor and hint of salt is what appeals to both chefs and consumers who try BelGioioso Ricotta Salata, a new table cheese from the distinctive Italian company. The judges at the 2011 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest agree with its appeal, they awarded the cheese a silver medal, the first time it was entered in any cheese contest.
Known as The Italian Feta, Ricotta Salata starts as a milky ricotta. Salt is added to aide in moisture loss and the cheese is then hand scooped into cheesecloth and pressed into wheels. During the 60-day aging process, the cheese texture becomes dry and crumbly, producing a wheel that is easy to slice, cube, crumble and shave. Ricotta Salata also grates with ease, perfect for topping hot pastas or cold salads.
This semi-soft table cheese is perfect for snacking as part of a gourmet cheese plate or antipasto platter and is known for its ability to complement many entrees and seasonal side dishes. Toss crumbles with fresh herbs and greens from the garden and farmers market or grate over fresh watermelon slices. Garnish pasta tossed with roasted tomatoes and eggplant with grated Ricotta Salata or top a fresh seasonal soup with a few crumbles.
BelGioioso Ricotta Salata is available in whole wheels, random weight retail wedges and new 5-ounce retail cups of pre-crumbled cheese.
BelGioioso Cheese is a family-owned and operated company specializing in artisan Italian cheesemaking. Using natural ingredients and fresh, local Wisconsin milk, Master Cheesemakers hand-craft a full line of exceptional cheeses guided by a commitment to quality and a respect for tradition. At BelGioioso, every cheese is a specialty. For product information, recipes or product samples, log on to http://www.belgioioso.com/.